Sales of private-label products jumped to $80 billion this year, up from $73 billion in 2007, according to research. Store-brand labels are increasingly high-end, with eye-catching packaging and premium ingredients.
As men become more open to using products for their skin and hair, manufacturers are responding with more products in the fast-growing men's personal-care category. By 2012, the men's grooming segment in the U.S. is expected to reach $5.3 billion, up from nearly $5 billion in 2007.
BJ's Wholesale Club is growing, focusing on fresh foods and brands such as Panera, Boston Market and Legal Sea Foods. The retailer, whose new membership and renewal rates are up, is accelerating its store openings.
Haggen invested $6 million to redevelop its store in Olympia, Wash. The retailer celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. This Q-and-A touches on the company's origins, its future and how it goes about picking inventory for its demographic.
Quick Chek, a privately owned chain of 100 retail food stores in New Jersey and New York, will give away medium-size cups of coffee for 24 hours, starting at midnight Nov. 28. The company is billing the offer as its first annual "Joe" to the World event.